Family Guy

Season 4 Episode 27

The Griffin Family History

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 14, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary


After robbers enter into the Griffin house, the family tries to gain safety in Peter's panic room. Trapped with no way out, Peter decides to tell his family the history of their ancestry by narrating a chain of events that describe his family's past.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Controversially well-written

  • are the griffins stupid

    if the robbers breaks into your house what will you encounter them and call the police or just run and hide
  • Peter tells the story about the Griffins

    After robbers enter into the Griffin house, the family tries to gain safety in Peter's panic room. Trapped with no way out, Peter decides to tell his family the history of their ancestry by narrating a chain of events that describe his family's past. This episode had an interesting storyline. Most of the stories were enjoyable but my least favorite was Nate Griffin, it was kinda dragged and I don't think I didn't laughed during those parts...expect with the guy name Tobi. Ending was the same thing as well. Besides those, this episode had funny parts all the way through such as caveman Stewie's cameo (near the end of the cavemen stories), the rules (I cracked up at shut the h--- up one), white Cleveland, Peter Hitler, Peter's thoughts on the Godfather, and some more. Overall, an enjoyable episode. 9/10moreless
  • Great Episode

    First I'll start off with the parts at the Griffin house: I thought it was funny at the very beginning with Lois trying to brush Peter's teeth. I also thought it was funny when the burglars kiidnapped Meg and thought she was their son. I though it was hilarious when Meg actuallt wanted them to rape her and the burglars got scared and when the Griffin's were rescused I thought it was hilarious when Joe said Meg would be charged with sexual harassment.Now going to the part where God and that guy were arm wrestling I thought that was hilariois.

    Now I will move on with the stories:

    Story #1:

    It is a prehistoric age where everyone are cavemen. I laughed when Peter tried to acution his wheel invention and then when Brian ripped Lois' toga (or whatever it's called) off. I didn't have any problems with that story.

    Story #2:

    Everyone is in the time of God. I though it was funny with everyone coming up with excuses not to go in the water. I laughed when God made the ten commandments and the billboard commandment.

    Story #3:

    I thought it was funny how everyone's color was reveersed and how Peter threw the horse threw Lois' window and other things.

    Story #4:

    This one kinda annoyed me a bit and was a bit boring with the silent movie. I laughed at the end with speaking. I took off 1.5 for that.

    Story #5

    I thought Peter annoying Hitler was funny and when Peter was talking to the crowd, although a couple of parts were stupid. I took of 0.5

    In all, I give this episode an 8.moreless
  • A very interesting episode.

    After robbers enter into the Griffin house, the family tries to gain safety in Peter's panic room. Trapped with no way out, Peter decides to tell his family the history of their ancestry by narrating a chain of events that describe his family's past.

    I liked the episode a lot, the history was very,very interesting.

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg (season 2+)

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris (and various)

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Peter / Stewie / Brian / Quagmire / Tom Tucker (and various)

Judith Light

Judith Light


Guest Star

Lori Alan

Lori Alan


Recurring Role

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton


Recurring Role

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Peter tells the story of Black-Eye Griffen, he's wearing a scuba diver costume, then after the story, he's in his pajamas.

    • If you look closely, you'll see that when Nate and his family are escaping, The horse carrying their wagon changes color when it gets a close-up.

    • When the family is trapped in the safety room, the sprinklers come on and they are close to drowning. That should not have been the case because there was a vent where Meg climbed through and the water would've drained through there.

    • In this episode Nate Griffin has the same voice as Peter's but he had deeper voice in "Peter Griffin: Husband, Father...Brother?"

    • It is revealed that Nate Griffin's real name is Richard Bachman.

      Richard Bachman is a pen-name horror writer Stephen King used to publish several books under.

    • This episode proves that Peter and Lois are related. Carter's ancestor (depicted as Lois in the flashback) had slept with Nate Griffin eventually making the present day Carter who then had Lois. Nate Griffin had also slept with another woman (whom he had mentioned in "Peter Griffin: Husband, Father...Brother?") eventually making Peter. This results in Peter and Lois being related by having Nate Griffin as their ancestor.

    • It is revealed that not only did Peter never like "The Godfather", but also he could never get through it. Coincidently he didn't recognize the 'references' to the movie in the episode "There's Something About Paulie".

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Nate Griffin: Hi, I'm Nate Griffin. I work against my will for your dad.
      Lois Pewterschmidt: Oh, yeah? What do you do?
      Nate Griffin: Well, let's just say I know my way around a hoe!

    • Moses Griffin: Okay, before we go any further, I'm gonna lay down some ground rules. Commandment number one: Shut the hell up! Commandment number two: There is nothing I can do about the sun! Commandment number three: There are no more Jolly Ranchers, they're all gone! Commandment number four: Whenever we pass a sign, please don't read it out loud!
      (They continue their trek, right into a valley full of signs)
      Jew #1: (reads a sign) Hey, look, "Danny Gans, entertainer of the year".
      Moses Griffin: What did I just say?!
      Jew #2: "Hassle-free checking".
      Moses Griffin: Dammit!
      Jew #3: "Mancow in the morning".
      Moses Griffin: Shut up!

    • Meg: (after Joe and the cops take her away) Aaaaah! Dad! Help me!
      Peter: Have fun at the dance, Meg! I hope she does. That kid really deserves it.

    • Caveman Peter: People buy wheel because of sexy wife. Tonight you and me party like it's 9!

    • Black Diane: Coming up this half hour: Flies on your face. How many is too many?
      Black Tom: But first: That orange thing in the sky, and what you can do to please it.

    • Peter: (Talking over intercom) Hey Meg! I see you there in the kitchen! Put my sandwich on whole wheat, no, no, no, don't use that mustard, use the other mustard. (Peter looks at another screen and sees that the Burglars realize Meg is in the Kitchen) Oh god, Meg, they know you're there! Quick, scrape that mustard off, use the other mustard!

    • Nate Griffin: Hey, Quagdingo, wanna play a game?
      Quagdingo: No!
      Nate Griffin: I spy something biege.
      Quagdingo: WOOD!

    • Nate Griffin: Hey Quagdingo, how was your date last night?
      Quagdingo: Ah, it was awesome. You never feel as big as you do with a pygmy.

    • Lois: (Looking at TV screen showing the kitchen.) Oh my God! They have Meg!
      Peter: You know this reminds me of another story relating to the Griffin family history. Here let me turn this off, it's a distraction. (Shuts off only the screen showing the kitchen)

    • (Noises are heard in the Griffin house)
      Meg: (To Peter)Dad, I heard a noise. Is everyone okay? What's going on?
      (Peter looks at Meg, and then hits her with a bat)
      Peter: (To Meg, who is now on the floor) Oh, sorry, Meg. You know you shouldn't sneak up on me like that.

    • Meg: I HATE YOU ALL!
      Stewie: Yeah, I hate you too, bitch. Oh no no, I'm just kidding, could you imagine?

    • Moses Griffin: Here we are, the Red Sea. Now all we gotta do is swim across.
      Jew 1: I didn't bring my trunks.
      Jew 2: I don't wanna step on a shell.
      Jew 3: I can't get water in my ears.
      Jew 4: I ate 20 minutes ago.
      Jew 5: You know, what they flush in Cairo ends up right here.
      Moses Griffin: [Sighs] All right, I see what I can do. [Parts the Sea]
      Jew 6: "Oooh, I can part the Red Sea", you know he hasn't talked to his brother in three years.

    • Brian: (points at the panic room) Peter, what is that?
      Peter: Well, I got the idea to build a panic room after I saw that movie The Butterfly Effect. I thought, wow, this is terrible. I wish I could escape to a place where this movie couldn't find me.

    • Caveman Stewie: {after hitting Caveman Lois} Damn all. What deuce? Victory Stewie's.

    • (Burglars in kitchen with Meg)
      Burglar: (writes) We have your son!
      Brian: (reads out loud) We have your son?
      Lois: (on intercom) Meg is our daughter!
      Burglar: (writes) Really?

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (14)

    • "Hot for Teacher"

      During the Nate Griffin segment in Africa, Nate mentions wanting to build a drum to play the intro to "Hot for Teacher," a song released by the hard rock band Van Halen on their album "1984."

    • Who's The Boss?

      Peter finds the oxygen tank to be full of Tony Danza's breath and then a scene shows Judith Light trying to use a tank to pretend she's with Danza. Danza and Light co-starred in this 1980's sitcom.

    • Danny Gans: Entertainer of the Year
      Danny Gans has been named entertainer of the year in Las Vegas. He performs at the Mirage as a singer, impressionist, comedian, and actor.

    • Meatballs

      The scene where Peter, Joe and Quagmire put the captains bed outside the ship and the music playing while they did that is a reference to the movie Meatballs (1979) with Bill Murray.

    • I Dream of Jeannie

      The woman in a pink outfit that comes out of the lake and blinks to create animals is a reference to the TV show I Dream of Jeannie. In the show she folded her arms and blinked to do magic. The music cue is also from that show.

    • Kansas and Evolution

      Peter mentions that he has to show another version of creation because of Kansas. he is referring to the fact that the Kansas Board of Education passed standards that requires both evolution and creationism in schools.

    • Swingers

      Sabertooth Brian: You so money, don't know it.

      This is a reference to the movie Swingers. In the movie Vince Vaughn's character uses "money" as an adjective. He uses the phrase "You're so money, you don't even know it." just like Brian did here.

    • Roots

      The whole slave story is loosely based on the miniseries Roots. The scene with the guy getting whipped is where Kunta Kinte refuses to use the name the slave owners gave him.

    • The Godfather

      Peter claims that he never liked the 1972 movie, The Godfather.

    • Tojo

      Peter wraps a rope around his face and tells Hilter "I'm Tojo". Tojo is a racial slur referring to the Japanese people. It was used especially by American soldiers during WWII when they went to war with Japan after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, specifically during their battles with Japanese soldiers. While it was originally intended to be an offensive term, it eventually lost it's derogatory meaning and was used as a normal moniker for Japanese by later soldiers.

    • Al Cowlings/White Bronco

      The scene where "Al Cowlings" helps the Griffin family (in a cart) escape the plantation while riding a white bronco, is a reference to the famous car chase of 1993 in which Al Cowlings drove O.J. Simpson in a white Ford Bronco while the police pursued the murder suspect in a low-speed chase down the Los Angeles freeway.

    • The musical cue at the end of each "Black-Eye Griffin" sketch sounds remarkably similar to (or perhaps is an exact recording of) a cue frequently used in Hal Roach comedies such as Laurel & Hardy and The Little Rascals.

    • Peter tells us his great-great-grandfather, Black-Eye Griffin, was a silent movie star who didn't do very well when they moved to talkies. His voice sounded a lot like Bobcat Goldthwait's trademark screeching.

    • "Panic Room" and "The Butterfly Effect"

      The panic room is a reference to the movie by the same name, but Peter says he made it after seeing "The Butterfly Effect."